This week Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar (IWC) released his scores on Bordeaux 2007 – a vintage that has, in the main, been shunned as a result of initial overpricing. But despite notoriously high releases, Tanzer describes the majority of 07s as “attractive, elegantly styled wines that are true to their sites but will offer the advantage of early drinking owing to their relatively easygoing structures.”
Chateau Haut Brion dominated Tanzer’s top spots, with Haut Brion Blanc receiving the highest overall score at 95+ and the grand vin coming in third place – ahead of the other First Growths - at 94 points (Lafite was not rated). Margaux and Mouton both made it into the top ten at 93 points each, whilst Latour lagged behind slightly at 92.
Despite a significant boost in back vintage trade since the start of the 2009 campaign, 2007 prices have for the most part continued to drift south (bar ever-popular Lafite). Nonetheless, this week has seen an increase in demand for the 2007s, with Mouton Rothschild (IWC 93) enjoying particularly strong trade. The First traded at a new high of £2,550 yesterday (per 12x75cl case) – less than half of the price of Lafite (£5,300) and a touch above Margaux (IWC 93) and Haut Brion (IWC 94) at £2,450 and £2,300 respectively. A hint of what’s to come perhaps?
The table below shows all the wines that scored 91 points and above from the IWC.
All scores from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.